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Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel Book 1) by [Hamilton, Peter F.]
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"Peter F. Hamilton manages a very neat trick, combining deft scientific and social speculations with the page-turning appeal of the best thrillers." --Tad Williams ""Mindstar Rising "is more than a taut, suspenseful story--it's intellectually exciting as well, its future world full of surprises." --Poul Anderson "An assured, effective debut from a writer to watch." --"Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)

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"Peter F. Hamilton manages a very neat trick, combining deft scientific and social speculations with the page-turning appeal of the best thrillers." --Tad Williams
""Mindstar Rising "is more than a taut, suspenseful story--it's intellectually exciting as well, its future world full of surprises." --Poul Anderson
"An assured, effective debut from a writer to watch." --"Kirkus Reviews" (pointer review)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Reprints edition (21 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21E4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
I have grown up in the area which Peter Hamilton describes here. And it sounds so cool. I know the dodgy areas in and around peterborough where the story is set, and its quite an amusing excersize to imagine the street gangs and new political landscape for the country being run from my home city. It still felt like home even though it was drasticly different.
This book has cool tech stuff, bio-implants, black-ops warfare and a murder mystery style all wrapped into one. Its Ace. Wish I had neural-nanonics, it would help to pass my degree right now...
Although written a few years ago now all the stuff in it is still very relavent to todays issues, especially about advances in technology, human genering etc. and how we should use it. This is one authors bent on what we might do with some of that power.
I have ready everything Hamilton has writen but this was my first. Its no 'nights dawn', but its still great. This is much easier on the brain than any of the more complex works hes written. and is a great introduction to his writing.
This is the first of three Greg Mandel novels. Mindstar, Quantum Murder, Nano Flower.
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One of his early books and a good, easy read. Treats the future with a realistic view (especially in light of current politics) and the military aspects were believable and based upon rational actions. Problem with so many sci-fi books using military sub-plots is the total lack of reality when it comes to both military action sequences, dialogue and personalities. As an ex-soldier, you can see real events unfold and he stays away from the "stereotypical" protrayal of ex-soldiers.

If you're politically correct or of the liberal persuasion you won't like it!
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By A Customer on 11 Aug. 1999
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The ten year rule of a far left government and global warming have taken its toll on Britain. The economy is just starting to kick into life again, but who is trying to sabotage Event Horizons plan to make Britain great again ?. Enter Greg Mandell a psi enhanced ex soldier with a decidely shady past. I enjoyed this book immensely. It romps along at a fair old pace with some stunning set pieces . Recommended.
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This is the first of Peter F Hamilton's books that I've read and I have to say, it wasn't what I expected! I've never been into Science Fiction but after a lovely meal with Peter (including an awkward discussion about having never read his books) I decided I should give some of his work a go! I actually enjoyed it far more than I thought it would, so it just goes to show, you mustn't judge a book by its genre!
The story is set in post-apocalyptic Britain. Global warming has hit resulting in soaring temperatures and drastic rises in sea levels, altering the country. The land is scorched and all previously low-lying land is now submerged below a metre or two of water. On higher ground the population has become much denser due to the migration of those from low-lying grounds. Not only that, the country has been under the power of the People's Socialist Party, a hard, left-wing dictatorship with a devastating ruling. As you can imagine the country and its people are in a bit of mess. For me Hamilton built the world well, perhaps too well at times. He describes the surrounding environment, habitats, climate fairly often throughout the book and always with precision detail. I prefer to read a book and develop an image of the world in my head through the contextual clues given. I felt as though too much was given to the reader which meant it lost an element of imagination for me.

However, the world that Hamilton creates is perfect for the plot he has lined up. Despite the bleak scene, Event Horizon headed by billionaire Phillip Evans, is returning to England, after years of avoiding the PSP, to help those in need. It seems Event Horizon is just what the country needs to rise again, providing employment and advances in technology beyond the rest of the world.
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I really enjoyed mindstar rising, I found it a refreshing take on the cyberpunk genre. Being set in englans was refreshing and the use of global warming in place of nuclear conflict makes the premise seem more likely. The main character is very much a straight forward military type with added psychic powers. Some people have knocked the book for having flat characters, this isn't something I noticed or had any issue with. There is a fine balance between mystery and action here and it is never dull. Well worth all sci fi fans checking out.
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I really enjoy Peter Hamilton's books - and this one was no exception. I can imagine that he could write great poetry because along with a rich and engrossing ability to write amazing stories he writes very good descriptive prose. I have everything he has published. No pressure Peter - but when can we expect the next one?
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What i love about Peter F Hamilton's books is that he takes his time to tell the story which makes it easier to immerse yourself in it; his characters are always complex and his visions of the future, distant and not so are at the same time fantastic and common place. This story of corporate and politic intrigue is worthy of James Bond but set in a dystopian world trying to get itself back on track after a mini dark age. well worth sitting down with
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